News » 210,000 Pounds of Marijuana Seized in Tijuana, Mexico
October 19, 2010 by justin
A joint raid by Mexican police and army in Tijuana has prevented 105 tons of marijuana from entering California. In all 10,000 packages were found in three different neighborhoods in the Mexican state of Baja California amounting to a street value of US $240 million. It is estimated that the drug cartels operating out of Mexico import nearly 7,000 tons of cannabis to the United States every year.
Doing the math, this equates to and approximately $16 billion industry. Proponents of California’s Proposition 19 hope that by making marijuana legal for recreational use in the state, much of the illegal drug trade can be curtailed. While some of this traffic would move to other border states, a legal source of marijuana in California is a compelling argument compared to border smuggling, which is often a source of violence leading some cities such as Juarez to declare martial law.
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